Recently a special report in the Star Tribune newspaper revealed how much water pollution from agriculture is costing taxpayers. At $125 million in 2014 alone, the price of industrialized, monocrop agriculture is significant and only likely to grow. In North Central Minnesota, we have an...
My mom paid a painful price for not completing an advance directive about her preferences for end-of-life medical care.  She was an intelligent and organized woman who had everything in her and my dad’s life planned out and written down. She even drafted her own obituary. Ironically, she never...
After much debate and considerable delay, the House of Representatives has finally passed a highway funding bill. A big question that delayed the bill’s passage was whether the federal fuel tax would be increased to fully cover planned spending from the highway trust fund. Since it was crafted by...
tion tomorrow, we need to give our kids a world-class education today. That was the idea when Congress passed what you may know as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a law that has governed our federal K-12 education policies for the last 13 years.  The goal of NCLB was admirable: to ensure that every...
Mary Klamm
Happy New Year! Not everyone gets to start over “new” twice in one year. I would call this time of year the “bread and butter” of our school year. From now through April we are hoping for very solid and uninterrupted instructional learning time.  We need help from our parents on this one. As a...
Recently I was asked about the shift with seniors taking on full schedules at the high school, both Staples Motley and Connections. Basically, “how many complaints was I getting from the kids, now that they had to have a full schedule?”


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